Dynamic Chiropractic - September 1, 1995, Volume 13, Issue 18

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Migraines and Loss of Productivity in US

Because of the common experience of headaches and the plethora of remedies, it's encouraging that the AHCPR (Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) is developing guidelines for the treatment of headaches (see July 3, 1995 issue of "DC"). The AHCPR treatment recommendations will be particularly interesting regarding migraines, the often severely debilitating condition that takes a significant toll on many people's productivity. While chiropractic patients speak of relief from common headaches and migraines with chiropractic care, the AHCPR panel will base their recommendations on the most scrupulously conducted headache research. Will any headache research of chiropractic patients meet their criteria?

(horizontal graph with male, female & kid figures)

Number of Days Lost Production/Restricted Activity Per Year

School-Aged Children (5 to 17 years old) -- 4.2 million days

Employed Males -- 2.7 million days

Employed Females -- 18.8 million days

Housewives -- 38.5 million days

---------------------- SOURCE: Stang PE, Osterhaus JT. Impact of migraine in the United States: data from the National Health Interview Survey. Headache 1993;33:29-35.